Athlete Quotes - Men's Shot Put Final
Reese Hoffa (Olympic Qualifier, 1st Place: 72-6.25)
On throwing beyond 22 meters: "It's a goal of mine every time. Twenty-two (meters) is a gold standard, and to do that under the absolutely incredible pressure that we have here makes me very happy."
On the differences between this Olympic Trials and that in 2004: "In 2004 I was young and na´ve. When people expect you to make the team it's different. A lot more pressure."
On choosing not to make a big celebration: "I definitely wanted to keep it more low-key. When you actually make an Olympic team, you just have to take a deep breath and look around you and be thankful for making it through such a talented field."
Christian Cantwell (Olympic Qualifier, 2nd Place)
"Probably eight of the people out there today could have done something to upset the form chart. (Adam) Nelson got really lucky; usually that mark wouldn't get you through. He's fortunate to be going to his third Olympics."
"Today was just another day at the office because the real show starts in six weeks. That's really all I am thinking about because I have nine more throws. Now the fun begins because all today was was a plane ticket."
"The pressure is only what you do to yourself. I really don't care what everyone else says because everything is internalized within yourself. Today felt pretty good though."
Adam Nelson (Olympic Qualifier, 3rd Place)
"You know someone's going to throw big; you want to be the one to do it. Today it wasn't me. I was very fortunate."
On his technique in the final: "Today was just a total derail. It wasn't pretty, but I'll take not pretty and on the team over pretty and not on the team."
"When Reese (Hoffa) and Christian (Cantwell) and Dan (Taylor) started throwing well, I felt that weight on my back. I knew I just had to power through."
"We have a great team going to Beijing. Three of the best throwers ever are sitting here."